Contrary to popular belief, experts note that external sources are where motivation primarily comes from. Because of this, there are a few things that can impact our confidence in positive ways, and Ted Talks by powerful women can do just that. These speeches offer opportunities to learn about topics including education, creativity, and leadership, imparted by professionals with their own experiences to be inspired by.
“Ted Talks have given scientists and other researchers a real-time, mass media driven opportunity to disseminate their research, ideas, and theories that might otherwise have gone unnoticed,” accorting to an American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education article.
Here are six insightful talks from women leaders of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, who have the same objective: to start fresh discussions about identity and tapping into the power of confidence:
1. How To Discover Your Authentic Self At Any Age - Bevy Smith
Bevy Smith, a popular TV host, actress, author, and businesswoman, emphasizes in the opening of her speech how, at the age of 38, she changed her life by questioning the status quo, which enabled her to become more at ease in her own skin. Her talk encourages all of us to to experience a well-lived life at any age by making an investment in their own happiness whilst also overcoming social stigmas.
“I take each day as it comes, but I try to make it better than the last."
2. Why We Must Stop Dancing To The Sound Of Our Own Oppression - Madame Gandhi
Gandhi is an established international musician who speaks out against gender inequality in the music business, which actually permeates most workplaces. Therefore, as stated during this speech, her passion for creating music that inspires us and speaks of joy and freedom is essential to helping us protect our experiences.
“If we don’t own and control our own narratives, somebody else will tell our stories for us."
3. Six Behaviors To Increase Your Confidence - Emily Jaenson
Being a female executive in a male-dominated environment may be challenging if confidence dwindles. As the Reno Aces' first female general manager in nearly 20 years, Emily Jaenson is persistent in her belief that a woman can build confidence through a change in behavior rather than a change in attitude.
“What are you really good at? What is easier today than it was one year ago? What is your most proud accomplishment? Those answers are where your confidence is born."
4. Challenge Yourself To Step Out Of The Norm - Khanh Vy Tran
Creative director, event producer, marketing pro, and social media enthusiast Khanh Vy Tran speaks on the importance of following our inner voice and living meaningful experiences. Besides, she highlights the power of education to find broader opportunities and accomplish our goals no matter where we come from.
“Individuality makes diversity. And, individuality and diversity are the two most precious things on the Earth."
5. The (De)Colonizing Of Beauty - Sasha Sarago
The indigenous concept of beauty transforms from aesthetically pleasing to a state of divinity, according to Sasha Sarago, the co-founder and editor of Ascension magazine. This discussion promotes inclusivity and self-respect when discussing beauty, which is a timeless encouragement for self-esteem.
“No matter our culture, color or how we identify, the spirit is what we share, is what connects us."
6. Dare to be independent - Camila Coutinho
According to Brazilian fashion blogger Camila Coutinho, there are many different definitions of success, and each one is different for each person. She indicates via this talk that are many factors that can help you achieve your goals, and independence plays a significant role in this.
“Independence is about feeling you can do whatever you want without caring so much about what other people think."